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Audio CD, March 26, 1991
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listen  3. Lipstick Traces (Album Version) 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heart On My Sleeve (Album Version) 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Where Did Our Love Go (Album Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hard Times (Album Version) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tonight (Album Version) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Monkey See-Monkey Do (Album Version) 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. A Man Like Me (Album) 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, was the drummer in the Beatles from 1962 to 1970 and thus became one of the most famous musicians of the '60s. Though the least prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished himself as an occasional singer of good-natured material and as an actor. Upon the group's split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the first, an album called ... Read more in Amazon's Ringo Starr Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025DA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The second Ringo album in a row to miss the charts completely, 1978's Bad Boy ranks right up there with George Harrison's Gone Troppo as the worst album ever released by a member of the Beatles. Produced by schlockmeister Vini Poncia, the clueless nature of record is best summed up by the stiff disco cover of the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go," which is actually (and unbelievably) one of Bad Boy's highlights. The other tracks here barely qualify as filler, although Ringo's rendition of the old New Orleans soul classic "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)" does exude some hangdog charm. For the most part, Bad Boy sounds like the work of a man who keeps making records simply because he doesn't know how to do anything else. Poor Ringo. --Dan Epstein

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joan B. Montney on May 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ringo Starr's Bad Boy Cd is actually quite Good. A solid album,regardless of some of the poor reviews. There is much to enjoy and appreciate with all of Ringo's recordings.

First and foremost is his care free, easy going style of singing and playing the drums. Having seen Ringo in person I can attest to this fact. He is so at ease on stage with his All Star Band and who could forget his signature peace sign hand signal he flashes us at each and every concert.

The second best attribute Ringo has going for him is his choice to perform and record with the best musicians in the business.

The highlights of Bad Boy are:

A stellar Horn section with an emphasis on the saxophones.

Great Background vocalist.

Excellent keyboard and string arrangements.

Ringo sings with an easy going fun style.

Ringo provides all the drumming and percussion himself.

Some of the song favorites are:

"Who Needs A Heart" awesome horns {especially the saxes},a short but impressive guitar solo and some very cool chord progressions on the piano throughout the ending portion.

"Lipstick Traces" I Love Ringo's solid backbeat drumming !! Classic Ringo !! Dynamic horns, a refreshing piano solo and some nice background vocals.

"Heart On My Sleeve" a sentimental song about being open with our feelings even though it exposes our heart. Distinctive articulate Bass guitar patterns and once again nice background vocals.

"Where Did Are Love Go" Superb Background vocals !! Sensational string and keyboard arrangements throughout. Great bass guitar riffs surrounded by Ringo's signature drums.

"Hard Time" this is the Rocker on the album. A hard Rockin tune with driving bass and drums.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Lees on March 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wow! This album is...huh...ok, look. Ringo Starr released some fantastic music during his solo career and the work he is currently doing is above reproach, but this ununspired, insipid, trivial, lackluster, directionless and lifeless. I'm a Beatles FANATIC and as such do not regret spending my money on this disc. But, as a word of warning, as big a fan as I am, this album will very possibly live out the rest of its days firmly shelved, unless my cat knocks it onto the floor. I guarantee, however, that it will never again see the inside of a CD player. I hate to write a review this harsh because I LOVE RINGO, but the mighty have fallen...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Weaver on June 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a major league fan of Ringo Starr. People always bash his "limited" vocal ability...but I like his singing. It's so down to earth and human. Ringo hit a slump in 1976 with Ringo's Rotogravure which only produced ONE hit single and pretty much pulled the carpet from beneath Ringo who was up until that point...on a ROLL with a nice collection of Top 10 and Top 40 hits.

Ringo the 4th rolled around in 1977 and didn't produce one hit...of course, it didn't. It was by far his worst album that he's released and to me...should not have seen the light of day.

I think "Bad Boy" was a step in the right direction. I received the album today in the mail, popped it in after work and crossed my fingers. And much to my surprise, it wasn't as horrible as people say....I especially love Ringo's version of "Where Did Our Love Go" -- which will be stuck in my head for a good week or two. I personally liked every song on the CD...but my personal favorites are Where Did Our Love Go, Tonight, Lipstick Traces and Heart on my Sleeve.


Ringo was back in excellent. form with his next release, "Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses"...another required Ringo released.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With this Ringo proved that he wasn't trying to be a flashy over the top rock star. He was just having fun making music that he enjoyed. I think that fun comes across through his performance on the album. "Who Needs A Heart" and "Tonight" contain all the elements of being hit singles. Ringo's vocals are good on all the songs on this album. If you like fun rock and roll buy this, you won't be sorry!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tnahpellee on July 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think this is the best Ringo Starr album . Ok, it's my personal favourite of his 70's/80's albums but none of that changes the fact that there is some seriously good rock n roll on this one. Who needs a heart is a pounding rocker with brilliant chord changes that any Ringo Starr album would be proud to have on it while Hard times is a fun rock n roll tune. However the best songs in my opinion are the spirited piano rock n roll number Lipstick Traces, which is quite similar to You're sixteen but has the same brass arrangement as Drumming is my madness, and Heart on my sleeve, a touching art-rock piece with a psychedelic guitar tone. Where did our love go is interesting. It's a bouncy disco-pop number with Ringo living out an argument with the backing vocalist by having her sing 'at' him rather than with him which gives meaning to the disillusioned lyrics.
None of the other songs are bad, actually, though the last song does sound like filler material to me. Honestly, I like Ringo's Rotogravure and Ringo the 4th, but both those albums have weaknesses. Ringo's voice gets drowned out qutie a bit on both. Here, Ringo's vocals are always prominent. Also, this album has some of the best rock n roll Ringo had offered since his hey day. Plus the two originals, Old time Relovin' and Who needs a heart are great songs in terms of sognwriting, and blend several styles together. They also sound very sincere.

I think the record flopped not because it was weak but because of poor marketing. You don't have hits if you release a single once a year. All really successful artists, like the Beatles, have a consistent release of singles. Ringo had a T.V. special in 1978 and deflated any interest it might have made for him because he didn't release any of the songs he performed in the show as singles. Had he released three singels from the album, one of them being performed in his TV show, the album may have a different history.
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